Telefónica announces transoceanic cable deployment to Virginia Beach

Connection provides big data capability from Brazil to USA

Telefónica has officially announced the deployment of BRUSA, a new submarine cable nearly 11,000 km in length linking Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza (Brazil) with San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Virginia Beach (USA) . The company will also build a 20,000 to 23,000-square-foot data center that will house the first transoceanic fiber cable station in the Mid-Atlantic. When it begins operations in early 2018, BRUSA will support ultrafast transmission capacity and increase end-to-end connectivity of ultrahigh-speed broadband services.

This new infrastructure will improve communication reliability and deliver enhanced resilience by increasing the number of USA landing points, overall network performance and end-to-end security. BRUSA will also provide one of the lowest latency communication links between the two large economies, Brazil and USA, offering a greater flexibility and scalability than previously deployed systems.

BRUSA is the second undersea cable connection to be announced this year for Virginia Beach. In May, Microsoft and Facebook revealed plans to lay a cable from Virginia Beach to Bilbao, Spain. The Marea cable will come online in 2017 with a capacity of 160 terabits per second, almost half of all other existing trans-Atlantic cables combined.

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